COACH Mike Krzyzewski will undergo back surgery and will be on leave indefinitely from Duke
Duke said on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time) the 69-year old head coach will have the surgery on Friday but is still expected to coach on Wednesday against Georgia Tech.
The operation will remove a fragment of a herniated disk in his lower back and recovery period is around four weeks.
Associate head coach Jeff Capel will take over the Blue Devils while Krzyzewski recovers. Capel's first game will be Saturday against Boston College.
In a statement, Krzyzewski said his doctors have determined that surgery is “the best course of action” for his condition.
“As soon as the doctors clear me to do so, I look forward to returning and giving our team 100% of my energy and attention, which is certainly something that they deserve."
The school said “Coach K” has tried several treatment options during the past month before deciding on surgery. The procedure would be done at Duke University Hospital.
Krzyzweski had back surgery in October 1994 and the Blue Devils squad that started with a 9-3 record would lose 15 of its last 19 games to miss the NCAA tournament.
The former team USA coach has had four offseason surgeries to repair his left knee, left ankle and fix a hernia.
Krzyzewski, 69, is a three-time Olympic gold medal winning basketball coach, leading Team USA to title in Beijing, London and Rio.
Krzyzewski has led the Blue Devils to five national titles and has a team that was ranked No. 1 in the preseason. The Blue Devils (12-2) dropped three spots to No. 8 - their lowest ranking of the season - in the recent AP Top 25.